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Jennifer Gruen

Jennifer Gruen

Owner / Pole Instructor

Jennifer Gruen was born and raised in southern California. At a very young age she started swimming for the Nadadors, a local competitive team. She loved swimming and going to all the competitions. She swam competitively with them until she was nine years old. That’s when she move to Costa Rica with her family and she competitively swam on a team there all throughout middle school and high school. When she moved back from Costa Rica and went to Saddleback College she decided to get her cosmetology license and has been working as a hairdresser since 2005. She is currently working at a salon in Mission Viejo called Illusions Unlimited Salon. In 2010, Jennifer found her love for aerial arts and fitness. She started taking pole fitness classes every day and as her passion for aerial fitness grew she began teaching at a few pole studios. Jennifer has also participated in Pacific Pole Championships, California Pole Dance Championships, and National Pole Dance Championships. Her true passion was not to perform or compete, but was to share her passion and love for aerial fitness with others and help them find their personal journey and experience. As the owner of Serenity Pole and Aerial, her purpose is to provide and create an environment at SPA that empowers and strengthens you in your every day life. Serenity is a dance studio that opens the doors to amazing friendships and an atmosphere that is considered to be like a second home.
Danette Elizabeth

Danette Elizabeth

Pole Instructor

Many times in life, the small, seemingly insignificant moments can offer usunprecedented awareness. My epiphany came seven years ago when, as a wife and mother of three small children, I was searching for an exercise routine that would keep me challenged and engaged. I had tried several local gyms and fitness classes, but none of them seemed to be the right fit. I found myself becoming bored with the same predictable expectations-not just from the
exercises, but from myself as well. Then, one day, quite by accident, I came across an ad for something called “pole fitness”. Like most people, I almost immediately dismissed it; after all, I was 38, not in the greatest shape, had absolutely no dance background and was afraid of heights. I allowed myself a moment to consider the intriguing prospect. Then, I did what most people do-I returned to my old, comfortable routine. The idea, however, became a tiny, quiet voice in my head. Could I do it? Could I ever have the confidence to be one of those women who threw caution to the wind? A few weeks later, when another ad for pole fitness classes came across my computer screen, I decided to take a chance. I apprehensively took my first class. From that moment on, I was absolutely hooked. Thus began my journey-a journey of self-discovery, sensuality, dance, strength, courage and exploration. Pole strengthened my mind, my body, and my spirit. I have done many challenging things in my life; after all, I had a previous career in law enforcement. I was also familiar with the rigors of raising three young children…but this challenge was different. It pushed me on a personal, introspective level. Each minor achievement was so incredibly rewarding that I couldn’t wait for each class. This experience was about me helping myself to become better. It wasn’t dependent on a supervisor’s assessment, or on another’s satisfaction. It was about allowing myself time without apologizing for it. It’s not selfish and it’s not trivial, though we sometimes allow ourselves to believe that. I’ve learned that a better me means I can emotionally and physically be a better wife, mother, caretaker and person. Many years later and now almost 46 years old, my love for pole is just as great as my first day, and I am grateful to be able to help other women and men begin their journey.
Ariel

Ariel

Silks & Hoop Instructor

Ariel has loved performing since a very young age, through high school she spent her time with the performing arts department participating both on stage and behind the scenes. After her schooling she moved to Orange County to build her career in the beauty industry, which put performing on the back burner. About 5 years ago she stumbled upon the OC/LA burlesque scene and found a new passion for the stage! Wanting to explore new avenues, she ended up finding the aerial arts and falling in love with its strength, grace and beauty. As someone who also sees fitness as a priority, aerial arts seemed to be the best of both worlds. Focusing on Lyra and silks, Ariel saw an immediate change in her body, endurance and flexibility. She quickly became obsessed. As her passion grew so did her strength and confidence, it only seem natural for her to want to inspire the same in others. Ariel hopes to help her students improve their capability and stamina on the silks as well as add grace and flow to their practice. Regardless if you’re just looking for a fun work out or wanting to reach an advanced performance level, Ariel wants to help her students achieve each goal.
Kim Retardo

Kim Retardo

Silks Instructor

Kim was born with a love for dancing. She especially enjoys Polynesian dancing, which she danced and competed for 23 years. She embraces and loves performing, experiencing all forms of art dancing and hot yoga. Kim was first introduced to Cardio and Sculpt Barre in 2012 and immediately fell in love with it because she witnessed first-hand the changes in her body, posture, form and strength despite suffering from lower back scoliosis. Shortly thereafter, she started doing aerial silks and hoop which captivated her with its art and beauty while being suspended in the air. It was out of deep love and appreciation to the barre and aerial classes that inspired her to help others recognize their strength and ability to challenge themselves despite of any limitations or disabilities a person may have.

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Amanda Rose

Amanda Rose

Pole Instructor

Amanda has been teaching for seven years. She has traveled the world teaching, performing, and doing workshops for numerous events. She holds multiple international and national title. As of 2017 she decided to be at home and become a mother. She has calmed down her busy schedule touring and gets to enjoy her passion teaching at home. Amanda loves what pole has given her in life. It’s an emotional outlet that also lets her stay in shape. She loves Combining acrobatics and dance together. Her signature style has been sought after all over the world. Her goals are to give others the same joy in life that pole has given her. She shares her technique and knowledge in hopes that others can follow their dreams in the pole industry. Whether it’s mastering their favorite move or winning a competition.
Mariah Mermaid

Mariah Mermaid

Silks & Hoop Instructor

Mariah Cook is originally from Columbia, MO where she received her BS in Biology, from Truman State University. Mariah moved to Belize and then California, where she was introduced to pole, silks and lyra! She moved to Florida a year later, and continued her aerial practice both individually and within a few different studios throughout Florida Keys and Miami. Officially Mariah is a Marine Biologist and a teacher. Through teaching Marine Biology she was allowed the opportunity to teach our future generations about the importance of the world around them, how they can enjoy all the amazing wonders this earth has to offer, and how to protect it for years to come. Mariah loves her job! In total she has been practicing aerial for almost 5 years now and is ecstatic for the opportunity to be teaching it! She has been strong, flexible, and athletic her entire life, but was never a dancer, so is always continuously working hard on her graceful transitions. Her aerial goals for 2018, however, are pretty much all about different versions of handstands! She is excited for the opportunity to learn what your strengths, weaknesses, and goals are so she can work on them with you.
Tina Ilea

Tina Ilea

Hammock & Flexibility Instructor

Tina Ilea is an aerial performer, costume designer and dancer who accredits her affinity of performing arts to her hometown, Las Vegas, NV. When her parents realized that she would never stop climbing on the furniture, she was enrolled in everything from fencing to aikido in order to keep her occupied. Her mother took her to her very first Cirque du Soleil show when it debuted at the Mirage in Las Vegas and remembers very fondly that as an aerialist climbed to the ceiling and performed her breathtaking mov es, Tina turned to her and said, “I can do that.” She has been in love with the show ever since and had the honor of working backstage for the show, Zumanity. As a well – versed creative, she takes all that she has learned from each craft and applies it to h er unique aerial style. Tina enjoys watching her students grow and the wonderful “Aha” moment when something clicks. You will find her performing all over California and Nevada and taking classes in order to continuously develop her skills. She believes th at even as an instructor, “you are always a student” and is ready to assist her peers with any skills she can.